ASEP Instructor Newsletter: March 2012 Issue

Author: Jerry Reeder, ASEP Assistant Director


ASEP Instructors,

Spring is in the air in our neck of the woods, and to be quite honest we didn’t have much winter here in Central Illinois. I hope we don’t pay for the lack of snow and cold temperatures with a wet and cold spring. My worst nightmare as an athletic director was rescheduling games, buses, and officials for spring-sport rain outs!

In the January issue of ASEP Instructor, we discussed the coming-soon new-look Coaching Principles course and its accompanying Successful Coaching, Fourth Edition textbook, both available in the coming months. We detailed the course components, course prices, and the new eBook version of the course/text. As a refresher, here’s a link to the last issue.

In this issue we’ll take a closer look at the Instructor Guide, and more specifically the table of contents and the course outline.

The organization of the instructor guide stays essentially the same. The table of contents is as follows:

Section 1 ASEP and Coaching Education
Section 2 Coaching Principles Classroom Course Overview
Section 3 Presenting the Course: Preparation, Conduct, and Follow-Up
Section 4 Be an Effective Instructor
Section 5 Instructor’s Classroom Guide

Under Section 3, we have changed some of the reporting functions and testing features of the course. These changes were at the suggestion of our experienced Coaching Principles instructors in an effort to make the process more efficient and user friendly. We will have a Power Point presentation available for viewing from our website detailing these changes.

The most extensive changes are located in Section 5—the meat of the classroom course content. Over a year ago we handpicked eight Coaching Principles instructors to conduct a thorough review of the current course. I worked closely with these instructors to identify the good, the bad, and the ugly of the old course. We conducted the review with two major goals in mind: first, to design the new course to maximize time spent in the classroom; and second, to provide instructors with greater flexibility in delivering the course. Here is the new table of contents for Section 5:

Unit 1 Introduction to Coaching Principles (40 minutes)
Unit 2 Principles of Coaching (85 minutes)
Unit 3 Principles of Management (65 minutes)
Unit 4 Principles of Physical Training (30 minutes)
Unit 5 Principles of Behavior (95 minutes)
Unit 6 Principles of Teaching (140 minutes)
Unit 7 Coaching Principles Wrap-Up (15 minutes)

We’ve reorganized Section 5 into 7 units (from 20). However, that does not mean we have eliminated content entirely. We have consolidated content to make the course flow better which will give you the flexibility you need to make a great course even greater! For example, we’ve reduced the amount of time devoted to Principles of Physical Training and allowed for more time to discuss Principles of Coaching (at the suggestion of our course reviewers). This flexibility will allow you to emphasize specific topics that you want to stress, as well as to cover local and state policies and procedures with your new coaches, if you so desire.

The course will also feature all-new video that you’ll show during the course (provided to you on DVD). A new feature is a “Master Coaches” segment that will wrap up each of the course units. Coaches from all walks and corners of the country came together to discuss coaching hot-topics and top-of-mind concerns; their experience, expertise, insights, and advice will prove invaluable to new and seasoned coaches alike.

In our next issue of ASEP Instructor, I will describe the process on how we will provide you the new instructor resources and how the transition will work in regards to moving from the old to the new classroom course packages for your coaches. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have regarding the new Coaching Principles course. Until next time, here is wishing you a Great Day!

God Bless,
Coach Reeder

“Ordinary people with commitment can make an extraordinary impact on their world.” - John Maxwell